“Bam” Rodriguez On Taking Cuadras Fight- “Who’s Gonna Pass That Up?!”
He only got inserted into the WBC Super Flyweight title bout this week, but young, unbeaten Jesse Rodriguez is confident that he’ll make the most of taking on veteran and former world champ Carlos Cuadras for the vacant title.
The fighters met with the media on Thursday afternoon in Phoenix, AZ, readying for the Matchroom Boxing/DAZN streaming main event there Saturday night.
And the 22 year old Rodriguez made clear that even though he’s moving up two weight divisions to 115 lb., the opportunity was too good to pass up,
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“I’m searching for big fights. My last fight was a world title fight, but it fell through. And this opportunity came at 115 (lbs.) for a WBC world title. Who’s gonna pass that up? It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. When I got the call? I had no hesitation. We’re ready for whatever,” Rodriguez told the media.
As we wrote earlier this week, Rodriguez was to have fought Fernando Diaz on the undercard of Cuadras’ originally scheduled main event with fellow former world champ, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai from Thailand. However, Sor Rungvisai tested positive for Covid 19 last week and was therefore scratched from the vacant title bout.
Now, “Bam” meet the veteran Cuadras of Mexico City at 39-4-1, instead. A man who previously held the WBC 115 lb. title until Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defeated him unanimous decision in September 2016.
And, a man that has over a decade in age and nearly 30 more pro fights experience than him. Still, Rodriguez is actually favored by oddsmakers in this bout, as he’s scored kayos in all 14 of his contests.
It’s a classic matchup of the young, big punching contender stepping up to the biggest challenge he’s faced, yet against the aging veteran, who if he doesn’t win, likely won’t get another world title shot anytime soon, if ever.
And, Rodriguez is 100% right. You can’t pass that up.